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music video: diamond jim greene

Shot and recorded live in a 100-year-old coach house, ideafarm created this music video for blues artist Diamond Jim Greene performing Skip James' classic "Prison Blues" on his prized prewar National steel resonator guitar.

The 5-minute film was recently named an official selection for the 21st annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, a prestigious film festival that will screen “Prison Blues” as part of its primetime Saturday night music video block August 24, 2019. The video premiered at the 8th annual Richmond International Film Festival in April 2019. It will next screen at the 2019 Film Festival of Columbus.

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Diamond Jim has performed solo or as part of numerous blues bands over the years. He’s opened shows for the legendary Buddy Guy, the late Ike Turner, Otis Clay, the late KoKo Taylor, James Cotton, John Hammond, Duke Robillard, Phil Wiggins, the late John Cephas, Saffire (the Uppity Blues women), Sherman Robertson, Joe Louis Walker, Mississippi Heat, Lonnie Brooks, and a host of other renowned blues performers.

He has toured extensively throughout Europe, spreading the good news about acoustic blues on major festival stages in the U.S. and abroad, including multiple years at the Chicago Blues Festival and Long Beach Blues Festival, and several years in the International Blues Festival at Lucerne, Switzerland.

See more about the week-long Sidewalk Film Festival, the Mid-Atlantic’s largest competitive film festival, here: rvafilmfestival.com.